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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

    73/100

    Breaking away from your programming. Mann takes a crisp look into our unmapped digital future here in what loosely appears to be his first ever work of science fiction (hard to imagine a single other movie in his filmography that looks as starkly dystopian as this does). What’s most surprising about the world of BLACKHAT though, is how gradually accurate it rings as time goes by: when the digital age of technocracy is rapidly outpacing modern global politics, we’re…

  • The Aviator's Wife

    The Aviator's Wife

    ★★★★

    76/100

    An almost inexplicably moving and engrossing film. I think that it’s core though, the emotional motor behind THE AVIATOR’S WIFE is this: Francois’ relentless, suffocating romanticism. It’s what holds him in his toxic relationship with Anne, and it’s the paranoia that stems from how clingy and jealous he is that keeps him restless for the duration of the film. The brilliantly timed reveal of the woman in the blue’s identify perfectly cements how ridiculous his mentality is. It amazes…

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  • Orpheus

    Orpheus

    ★★★½

    70/100

    Was completely unfamiliar with the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice upon which this based is prior to my initial viewing, though the more I read into the source material, the more I feel that it’d have been entirely unnecessary to attempt to make myself familiar with it in the first place. It seems to me that Cocteau’s interpretation here strays so much further away from the romantic interpretations a more straightforward adaptation of the myth would entail, instead making…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★

    72/100

    Second viewing, last seen around the age of nine or ten (my main takeaway being that the slo-mo action scenes looked awesome and that I wanted to be cool like Neo was). Now, this all still rings true, but in retrospect, I honestly find this as gripping a film about identity — descriptors like ‘residual self image’ along with lines such as “I figured you’d be a guy” all beckon a much more allegorical reading than the synopsis would…

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  • 6 Underground

    6 Underground

    ★★★½

    67/100

    “Little things into big ones.” Density. Pure-blooded maximalist cinema. What Bay has created here is the absolute conclusion to his style of  filmmaking. The “narrative” completely takes the back seat to the action, which is exhilarating. It’s this pulpy, idiosyncratic fever dream in which you must let the adrenaline rush engross you. It frankly doesn’t matter what the film is “about”. With 6 UNDERGROUND, Michael Bay births a series of images in sound and color that protrudes upon itself. His auteurist vision won’t…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★

    51/100

    Just cannot bring myself get on board with this. The formal precision, while helping this film to be technically sound, ends up really serving to make this film feel inauthentic at the end of the day. It just feels too clean. I never really found myself invested in the characters because of this. While I was supposed to be on the edge of my seat, emotionally sold on everything going on, all that I was feeling was indifference. I didn’t…